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Discussion in 'Model S' started by steve841, May 29, 2016.
Dozing driver causes four-car crash in Plantation parking lot, fire official says
Someone in the comments try to say it is autopilot not working as advertised. However, autopilot is not for use in parking lots and certainly does not allow you to doze off.
What is it with Tesla drivers sleeping at the wheel lately? Is it some chemical used in the interior?
Of course we humans like to create patterns even when patterns don't exist.
Most likely it's just someone who did exactly like the passenger said he/she did, and simply fell asleep while driving in the parking lot. Now I have no idea how one manages to do that, but stranger things have happened.
Maybe they were doing a long distance trip and they didn't stop the night before so they were driving well beyond the point where people should stop driving.
Or maybe they have a medical condition and they shouldn't be driving. A small percentage of people on the roads have medical conditions that prohibit them from driving, but they do otherwise.
Amazing. 'Tesla' wasn't in the headline or highlighted in the opening paragraphs of the story.
We've gone mainstream.
From the article: "A man driving a black Tesla through the parking lot appeared to fall asleep". "Appeared" is the key word here.
There are any number of medical conditions that could cause someone to briefly lose consciousness, including an epileptic seizure or a cardiac arrhythmia. It would be imprudent to leap to the conclusion that the driver was so tired that they went to sleep while driving. That is only one possible explanation, and in this particular scenario, one of the less likely.
I say less likely because the photo in the article shows the Tesla front end on top of the hood of another car. That seems unlikely to occur unless the Tesla driver's foot was pressing down firmly on the "go pedal", causing the car to accelerate. If the driver simply "dozed off" their body would have relaxed.
The article quotes the fire department chief as saying "The car apparently jerked, went up over the curb and rode up over the parked car". So "jerked" could be interpreted as "accelerated" with enough speed to cause the Tesla to literally ride up onto the hood of another car. That's not possible if the Tesla was moving at slow speed in the parking lot where the accident took place.
What a f--king riot!
Well.....I think I'll let the link describe it all!!
How did this Tesla Model S end up on top of a Toyota?
Just how did it get on the poor Toyota???
That titanium shield is truly impressive!
The real question is how do you fall asleep in a parking lot, sounds more like a medical emergency. Floor any car, hit one of those concrete stoppers in a lot and you will get some air, maybe enough to then hit the hood of another car and get some more air.
can you say operator error?
This story is already being discussed here This wasn't pretty..Model S driver falls asleep at the wheel in parking lot.
Ahh I finally see it...the Toyota likely started in the corner spot and 5000 lbs of beast (and Titanium Shield hehe) pushed it that far over, causing the other 2 vehicles to be impacted. Wow.
Also, it sort of looks like the Model S is Pac Man.
Ahh. So that's what they meant by "Launch mode".